I’m a huge fan of salads that can be served hot or cold. To me, it’s the kind of food that’s ideal for entertaining — there’s no fuss or hectic rush and nothing’s more effortless than placing a gorgeous salad on the table on your own time.
This lime quinoa salad with spicy grilled shrimp and summer squash is healthy, flavorful and easy to make. Make it in advance for weekday lunches or save it for an outdoor weekend lunch when the weather’s hot and the drinks are cold.
- 15-20 medium shrimp (deveined, tails removed)
- 1 zucchini
- 1 summer squash
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 2 cups of vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large clove of garlic (not pictured)
- 1-2 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
- 1-2 tablespoons of chopped basil
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Dash of paprika
- Salt and pepper
Remove the cooked quinoa from the heat and set aside.
Slice up your zucchini and summer squash into rounds.
Lightly drizzle the squash with extra virgin olive oil and season the squash with salt and pepper. Fire up your grill pan on medium heat and get ready to grill. If you don’t have a grill pan, preheat your oven to 425 degrees, put the squash on a sheet tray, and place in the oven for about 12 minutes until they’re tender.
Remove the squash from the heat once grilled on both sides and tender (about 12-15 minutes).
Now begin prepping the shrimp. Wash them thoroughly under cold water and remove their tails.
These little guys don’t take long on the grill. If using a small frying pan, place a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan and fry the shrimp for about 2 minutes.
While the shrimp is cooking, whisk together the dressing (equal parts lime juice and olive oil, with minced garlic and salt and pepper).
Now place your shrimp on top and you’re ready to go! Serve hot or cold and don’t forget to squeeze a splash of fresh lime juice on top before eating!